Australian Rover Scouts: Baden Powell Scout Peak Expedition 2018

Australian Rover Scouts: Baden Powell Scout Peak Expedition 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Climb Baden-Powell Scout Peak (5890m) on a fully supported expedition with ample acclimatisation time built in
  • Full services including all meals on trek and above base camp
  • Stunning views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Paldo, Langtang Range and surrounding peaks from high on Baden-Powell Peak
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
  • Community Service Project in Langtang
  • Exceptional diversity of scenery & culture as trails wind through timeless villages of the Tamang hill people
  • Acclimatisation treks up Tsergo Ri (4984m) and Kyanjin Ri (4773m)

Trip Summary

Baden-Powell Scout Peak is found in the Langtang region of Nepal on the border with China approximately 160kms west of Mount Everest. Originally the peak was called Urkema Pea, but for the 2007 Scouting Centenary celebrations the government of Nepal renamed it to Baden-Powell Scout Peak, to commemorate 100 years of Scouting in honour of British soldier Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the World Scouting movement. Reaching heights of 5,718m this mushroom shaped peak is surrounded by majestic peaks such as Langtang II, Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lapka and Shisapangma in Tibet, the views from the summit are spectacular. This is the perfect challenge for a first time climb in the Himalaya.

In Kathmandu we explore some of the ancient Buddhist and Hindu pagodas, temples and monuments of the Kathmandu valley. With more World Heritage sites than any other city, there is much to see and do. The real adventure begins when we make our way for an expedition to the summit Lord Baden-Powell Peak. Our specially devised itinerary allows optimum time for building fitness and acclimatisation - key factors that will contribute to your chance of summiting. A fully supported camping based trek that leads though the traditional villages and rhododendron forests and affords brilliant views of the mighty peaks of Langtang (7234m) and Ganesh (7446m) as well as a sprawl of endless 6000m+ summits. Although only a day’s drive from Kathmandu, this region is relatively isolated and predominantly inhabited by the Tamangs. With time to conduct acclimatisation treks up to Kyanjin Ri (4500m) and Tsergo Ri (4984m) we ascend to High Camp (4982m) and prepare for our attempt on Baden-Powell Scout Peak (5890m). The ascent is not technically demanding and offers unequalled views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Paldo and Langtang Range will more than satisfy your aspirations on this fine Himalayan climb.

Suitability

These adventures are classed as expeditions. They involve either extreme trekking and or basic mountaineering. Expect remote and poorly defined trails in variable weather conditions for up to 12 hours a day (possibly more subject to weather conditions and altitude). This may include a number of demanding high pass crossings and evacuation may be difficult from remote areas. Suitable for first time mountaineers wishing to take the step from trekking into the realm of mountaineering. Prior experience trekking at altitude is preferable but not essential and you should be comfortable in adverse weather conditions. Prior technical mountaineering experience is not necessary. Terrain will involve low angle snow slopes. Ropes may be used during treks for glacier travel and steeper sections of ice and snow. When mountaineering, basic mountaineering instruction is given by our mountaineering guides.

Suggested preparation: For grade 8-10 mountaineering expeditions you will need to be very fit and healthy. A minimum of 1 hour of aerobic exercise per session, four to five times a week is essential. Running and cycling in hilly areas is particularly beneficial as are multi day walks on the weekends. This is the ideal time to try out your boots and other gear to make sure you are prepared and ready for your expedition. If you are considering Intermediate or advanced level trips, you will need to discuss your preparation leading up to the trip with our expert staff.

Itinerary

After all this time planning, preparing and training for Nepal, the time has finally arrived to depart on this exciting expedition. You will depart from Sydney bound for Nepal.

Meals:  Nil

Our group is met at the airport by a World Youth Adventures representative and transferred to the Gangjong Hotel. We check in and the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure, to exchange currency and get familiar with the surrounds before attending the expedition briefing that our guide will conduct at around 5pm in a nominate room in the hotel. At the briefing you will receive your kit bag, sleeping bag, down/fiber filled jacket, ropes, ice axes, crampons, rock and ice pro. This evening we head out for dinner at a nearby restaurant. Overnight: La Himalaya Hotel (previously named Gangjong Hotel)

Meals:  D

This morning a sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. We will visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, returning to the hotel by 2pm. In the afternoon you may have time to explore Durbar Square, Patan, Swayambhunath or Bhaktapur, and the lesser-known towns that dot the valley on foot, by bicycle or trishaw. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. This evening we have planned a special welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant located in a converted 155 year old palace where you can enjoy a meal of traditional Nepali food. Overnight: La Himalaya Hotel (previously named Gangjong Hotel)

Meals:  B,D

Today is a free day to explore Kathmandu. Overnight: La Himalaya Hotel (previously named Gangjong Hotel)

Meals:  B,D

After an early breakfast we take a 2 hour bus ride to the village of Trishuli which is located on the banks of the Trishuli River. There is a small yet busy and interesting market which we will stop to explore. We then drive uphill to reach Dhunche (2120 m) and get the first panoramic view of the Himalayas, including the Annapurna's, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region. The winding road descends to Syabru Besi (1460m) where we camp in a secluded spot and make final preparations for our trek. Overnight: lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we cross through the village of Thulo Syabru and descend to the Langtang Kola. Slowly the trail climbs gently through the forest with the river flowing beside us. The forest becomes sparser and drier on this side of the river, consisting mainly of scrub oaks and nettles. Finally we climb steeply on a good trail to Rimche and on to our campsite for the night. Overnight: lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

We continue to follow the Langtang Khola climbing steeply through hemlocks, oaks, maples and rhododendron forest to the national park checkpoint at Ghora Tabela (2970m). Beautiful views of Langtang Lirung (7225m) can be seen from here. The trail ascends gradually, as the valley becomes wider and we pass many mani stones, water-driven prayer wheels and scattered Tamang villages before arriving in Langtang village. Overnight: camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Passing through the village of Langtang we climb gradually past yak pastures and the small villages of Mumdu and Sindum. After crossing a wooden cantilever bridge over Langtang Khola, we reach a wider valley scattered with large boulders to a moraine. Here we gain the first views of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Langtang Kinshung (6781m) to the north. Our route weaves through large boulders before a short descent to Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight: camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Climbing to the summit of Kyanjin Ri (4773m) directly to the north of Kyanjin Gompa is a half-day trip with an almost 1000m ascending/decending. From the summit there is very good views of Langtang Lirung, Kimshung and Yansa Tsenji peaks to the west and north. We return to Kyanjin Gompa for the night stay. Overnight: camp

Meals:  B,L,D

This is a tough five hour climb from Kyanjin Gompa to the conical shaped high viewpoint of Tsergo Ri. We take the east trail towards the Langshisha Kharka, cross the stream, then branch left by a cairn up the side valley to a steep switch backing ascent up the hill. The path passes the stone huts of herders at Yala Kharka before climbing steeply up to the prayer flags atop the viewpoint for the superb views of mountain panorama. We return to Kyanjin Gompa for the night stay. Overnight: camp

Meals:  B,L,D

The two previous days may make your legs feel quite heavy this morning, yet the additional time spent acclimatising will make this day more enjoyable. Although not a long day it does make up for it in gradient as we leave the more populated trails behind and head deeper into the mountains. Overnight: camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Three full days have been set aside to have the flexibility of awaiting perfect weather and acclimatisation for the group to successfully summit Baden-Powell Peak. From high camp we cross a rocky field and climb up a slab till we reach a snowy 30 degree slope that leads to a glacier then becomes a large glacial bowl. Zigzagging our way up and aiming towards the rock face to the west. From here, the slope gets a little bit steeper and the guides will fix ropes. We stay on the ice and climb around the rocks until we get to the top of the ridge at about 5890m. After enjoying the views from the summit and capturing the exciting moment on camera we descend to High Camp via the same route. A celebratory dinner awaits back at camp! NB If feeling energetic and whilst awaiting to summit, there are many other nearby peaks to climb. Overnight: camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We are fit and acclimatised with the added benefit of much of the trek being downhill. We can now enjoy the bustling trail and many sights, with great photographic opportunities along the way. Overnight: camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We will say goodbye to Langtang Valley and trek back to Lama hotel today. The trial goes all the way downhill through forest following the river. We will pass through ethnic Tamang settlements that follow religious and cultural practices similar to the Tibetans. Overnight : Camp.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, we head to Syabrubesi. The first half part of the trail is gradually down and then the trail does steeply descend to the Syabrubesi.We will be enjoying the trial mostly downhill through lush green vegetation. Overnight : Camp.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will have breakfast and set off for a 2 hour drive to the village of Ramche in the Rasuwa district, the town where we will partake in service work at the Shree Seti Bhumi School. We start the drive directly from Syabrubesi to Ramche, enjoying views of the Ganesh Himal enroute. Upon arrival at the village we’ll be greeted by the school leaders and we’ll set up camp nearby. This afternoon we'll take a tour of the school. We will meet the local team of workers that we'll work alongside and we'll be briefed on the tasks ahead. Overnight: camp

Meals:  B,L,D

The Shree Seti Bhumi School have asked us to assist with the painting of their school, they have already painted the outside of the building in a whitewash and they now want to finish painting the outside of the building with enamel paint to protect it from the elements. Additionally they need to do some painting work in six classrooms and repair the windows, as well as some ground levelling work. Overnight: camp

Meals:  B,L,D

After saying your goodbyes to the team of porters and crew and our new friends at Shree Seti Bhumi School we begin the journey back to Kathmandu where warm showers, soft beds and night life awaits! Overnight: La Himalaya Hotel (previously named Gangjong Hotel)

Meals:  B,D

Today you can further explore Kathmandu and explore the many good shops, cafes and historic sites which are in never ending supply. A celebratory farewell dinner will be enjoyed tonight. Overnight: La Himalaya Hotel (previously named Gangjong Hotel)

Meals:  B,L,D

Following breakfast today at hotel you have free time. If you are departing today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meals:  B

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 22 breakfasts, 19 lunches, 22 dinners and snacks on trek
  • airport transfers on days 02 & 24
  • expert bilingual local guide and extensive group medical kit
  • good quality accommodation (twin) in Kathmandu
  • lodge / guest house accommodation on 4 nights
  • fully serviced wilderness campsites on trek, all camp craft and dedicated chef and kitchen crew to prepare all meals
  • sightseeing and sight entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • expert climbing sherpas, ratio 1:3 clients
  • private vehicle and driver for road transport
  • trekking permits and fees
  • technical climbing equipment - ropes, ice axes, crampons, rock and ice pro

What's Not Included

  • Some meals not included - allow $10-$15 per meal
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips - at your discretion
  • Flights from Australia to Nepal return including airport and departure taxes and any overnights required
  • Mountaineering Travel Insurance
  • Visa
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Costs associated with the community service work in Langtang
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:25 Days
Countries:Nepal
Starting Point:Kathmandu
Activities:Trekking
Mountaineering
Community Project
Grade:Entry level Mountaineering or Exploratory Treks  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4973